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[roo-pee, roo-pee] /ruˈpi, ˈru pi/
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan, equal to 100 paise.
Abbreviation: R., Re.
a cupronickel coin and monetary unit of Mauritius, the Seychelles, and Sri Lanka, equal to 100 cents.
Also called rufiyaa. a coin and monetary unit of the Maldives, equal to 100 laris.
a former monetary unit of Bhutan, equal to 100 naye paise.
Origin of rupee
1605-15; < Hindi rupayā Unabridged
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  • Shere Singh gave this man a rupee a day to teach his cook English cookery like ours.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • Those fellows value a life at about a rupee, and sometimes not at that.

    Mother Carey's Chicken George Manville Fenn
  • You say, "All right, old man," and think your self lucky if you pull off nine hundred out of a two-thousand rupee debt.

    Plain Tales from the Hills Rudyard Kipling
  • All right, we won't tempt them, and I put back the rupee I had taken out.

  • He had the Somali's love of a rupee, and there was no danger or hardship that he would not undergo in the hope of backsheesh.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • She was then ordered to pay as a fine her ear-ring, which was worth one rupee.

  • Besides this, I made him forfeit one rupee of his pay to purchase sweetmeats for the mare, to which she was exceedingly partial.

  • There is no need of consideration; I will go with you, though I only get a rupee a month.

  • Said one: "I always take four annas toll out of every rupee's worth of gold in addition to the labour charge."

    Beast and Man in India John Lockwood Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for rupee


the standard monetary unit of India, Nepal, and Pakistan (divided into 100 paise), Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and the Seychelles (divided into 100 cents)
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi rupaīyā, from Sanskrit rūpya coined silver, from rūpa shape, beauty
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Word Origin and History for rupee

Indian coin, 1610s, from Hindi or Urdu rupiyah, from Sanskrit rupyah "wrought silver," perhaps originally "something provided with an image, a coin," from rupah "shape, likeness, image."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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